Berkshire

Berkshire village pond cleared to prevent flooding

The pond in West Isley
Image caption The parish council said the pond had not been cleared for 20 years

A village pond in Berkshire has been cleared to solve problems with flooding.

The centre of West Ilsley, near the village hall, has flooded on a number of occasions over the years, causing disruption to residents.

West Berkshire Council spent £12,350 on improvements, building a new embankment and clearing thousands of tons of silt. Nearby trees were also coppiced.

The parish council said the pond had not been cleared properly for 20 years.

Sean Ryan, chairman of West Ilsley Parish Council, said: "The risk of flooding was worrying us more and more.

"We're relieved to see this done and six of the luckiest ducks in Berkshire have settled happily into their new home."

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